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The importance of the Code Of Ethics and the dangers of Photo Manipulation in the NFT Photography space.

Hopefully what I am saying in this article will not offend anyone and will connect with the right minds because these are extremely important points for the entire photographic community and for NFTPhotography’s growth. It is not my intention to offend, undermine, or discredit anyone or their work.

Let’s get straight into it. Many NFT platforms are enlisting photographers who violate the Code of Ethics that has been in place for a very long time. If not addressed, this will create a long list of major issues in the near future. Also, most of the photographers who are embarked by these platforms (thanks to amazing images) do not have professional industry accreditations (World Press, POY, LensCulture, IPA, SONY, HIPA, PX3, TIFA, etc…) or have not participated in recognized exhibitions/galleries or had their work appear in publications (unfortunately, local or regional awards do not fulfill these criteria!).

So, why is this important? Why these photographers that have such stunning beautiful images (images, not photos… this is very important) do not win important awards, grants, exhibitions?

The answer is quite simple… when entering a professional award, if you are selected, you have to provide access to the original raw file as well! By doing this, you are showing that you did not violate any of the Codes of Ethics during the editing process. Professional (and fair) photographers are prohibited from manipulating the photo, deleting/adding elements, substituting the sky, changing the foreground/background, etc… They are allowed to do only a few things that will bring out the true potential of the shot or turn it into a good black and white photo.

But please, do not rely on what I’m saying. Go check the full list of these codes on the WorldPress website: https://www.worldpressphoto.org/contest/2022/code-of-ethics

Also, here is a VERY important page explaining what is considered manipulation and what is permitted as a professional photographer: https://www.worldpressphoto.org/contest/2022/verification-process/what-counts-as-manipulation

Here is a set of videos explaining what counts as manipulation?

Acceptable color changes: https://youtu.be/WtLLJ55qVIw
Unacceptable color changes:
https://youtu.be/eca2PTSwLFo
Removal of content:
https://youtu.be/Fk_fdm0wABQ
Adding content:
https://youtu.be/vjNTxYAT4mQ

I’m quite sure that many photographers will be disqualified from respectable award/exhibition/gallery if they don’t abide by these established and respected rules and the Code of Ethics. So many advertise how to manipulate a shot, which they call “the editing process”; this is not editing, but simply manipulating the original. Since the original photo doesn’t look that good they use photo manipulation to turn it into something else. This is bad practice and extremely counterproductive for the entire photography scene and NFTPhotography space.

Personally, I believe anyone should be able to enter the NFT space with any type of art they feel comfortable with… However, those who do not follow the above ethical guidelines should not identify themselves as Photographers (either Professional or Amateur). More appropriate terms like Digital Artists, Image Creators, Crypto Artist or MixMedia Artists are all good, but not Photographers!

I cannot emphasize enough how important this is to all professionals involved in photography.

A lot more needs to be discussed, but let it be by people with experience and a proven track record or we’ll be back at square one…. end of my rant 🙂

 

A great honor… I’ve been invited to join the New LensCulture International Network of selected photographers.

Most pleased to have been invited by the editors of LensCulture, one of the most influential contemporary photography magazines and networks worldwide, to join their new Selective Network of International Photographers, giving me a fantastic opportunity to show my work to a global audience, to galleries, to editors and to other networks from a higher standpoint.

The world of contemporary photography (photo journalism and documentary especially) has become incredibly competitive and today it is very, very hard to stand out and make a living… but you know, people say stubbornness and passion are very hard to overcome…

 

LensCulture, Tony Corocher,

I’d like to personally thank the LensCulture team for what they have done so far for photography and emerging photographers like me around the world; thank you for advancing the understanding of a still new and amazing language; thank you for what you for helping, giving opportunities and not discriminating; thank you for been a serious and very professional network…

I will do my best to make sure my future work will be worth of this invitation.

LensCulture Magnum

LensCulture Magnum: THE MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

LensCulture Magnum: This year LensCulture has joined forces with none other than Magnum!!! I am thrilled to be included among the “SUCCESS STORIES” on the LensCulture page that promotes this even and be part of such a display of international photographic talent.

https://www.lensculture.com/magnum-photography-awards-2016?utm_campaign=MA2016&utm_medium=nav&utm_source=https://www.google.it&utm_term=MA16-LC#success-stories

Thank you Lens Culture for a great opportunity!!!


Quest’anno Lens Culture ha unito le forze con niente meno che Magnum! ed insieme hanno creato uno dei più importanti concorsi fotografici dell’anno: https://www.lensculture.com/magnum-photography-awards-2016?utm_campaign=MA2016&utm_medium=nav&utm_source=https://www.google.it&utm_term=MA16-LC#success-stories

E’ un grandissimo onore essere stato inserito nella sezione “STORIE DI SUCCESSO” sulla pagina del concorso e essere incluso in questa selezione di fotografi di talento… spero di esserne degno anche in futuro!
Un grande grazie a Lens Culture per l’opportunità!

 

LensCulture Magnum

LensCulture Magnum

 

LensCulture Magnum